Aussie music industry icon Michael Gudinski dies aged 68

The Australian entertainment industry is in shock following the sudden death of record company boss and promoter Michael Gudinski.

The man regarded as the father of Australian music died suddenly overnight.

He was 68.


After starting his career promoting local dances as a teen, Gudinski formed Mushroom Records in 1972.

His first big signing was The Skyhooks whose album Living In the 70s spent 16 weeks at number one in 1975.

Gudinski also had huge success with artists including Split Enz, Jimmy Barnes, The Angels, Paul Kelly, The Choirboys and Yothu Yindi.

In 1987, Mushroom signed Kylie Minogue which saw her release Locomotion. 

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The company hooked her up with producers Stock, Aitken and Waterman, and the rest is history.

At the helm of Frontier Touring, Gudinski also brought some of the world’s biggest acts to Australia over several decades including Frank Sinatra, The Rolling Stones, Billy Joel, Paul McCartney and more recently Taylor Swift.

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Gudinski brought together some of Australia’s biggest artists last year at the height of the COVID pandemic for the Music From the Homefront online concert.

In January, Gudinski was behind the Sounds Better Together concert series across regional Victoria

Gudinski is survived by his wife Sue and children Matt and Kate and two grandchildren.


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Jimmy Barnes was among those to pay tribute to Gudinski, tweeting that the ‘heart of Australian music was ripped out.’

“I felt it, my family felt it, the music business felt I, the world felt it. Michael Gudinski was not only that heart but he was my friend.”

“His boundless enthusiasm breathed life into our music scene. But that was just one side of Michael. He was a staunch friend, a loving father and grandfather and an adoring husband to Sue.”





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